Admission to ACT's Teacher residency Program


We seek people from diverse backgrounds who are innovative and perseverant workers, rigorous and inquiring thinkers, and reliable and worthy role models for children.  Applicants should be deeply interested in teaching and engage collaboratively with other adults and children.  Prior to admission, applicants should have completed a BA from an accredited college or university.  Experience working with children is an asset in terms of developing seriousness of commitment to teaching, but it is not a requirement for acceptance to our program. The Arbor Center for Teaching is an equal-opportunity employer.


To speak with us and request a campus visit, please contact us.  You may also contact our Teacher Residency Director, Annmarie Chesebro, at or 503.638.6399. We welcome visits and admissions inquiries at any time.

Application Process

Candidates must submit applications to both ACT and Pacific University:

Step 1: Apply to ACT. We will next welcome applicants for our 2020-2022 cohort. To apply to ACT, please (1) notify us of your intent to apply by completing this form, then (2) download and complete our ACT application form.  Materials accepted via e-mail to or via hard copy to 4201 SW Borland Rd., Tualatin, OR 97062.  Application deadline May 1, 2020.  Applications received after this date will be considered as openings allow.

Step 2: Apply to Pacific UniversityPlease review Pacific University's admission requirements. Applicants accepted to ACT will be recommended for admission to Pacific by ACT's Teacher Residency Director.

Tuition and Financial Support

  • Current tuition to Pacific is $709 per credit for the 41 credit MAT.
  •  Financial aid and scholarships are available through Pacific.
  • Arbor offers a monthly stipend.
  • Summer employment opportunities at Arbor School.
  • On-campus housing available (rent-free, $75/month for utilities).